12-kilo bronze bell, cast on Porthcurno Beach in Cornwall, rang daily at high tide over the River Thames as part of the Somerset House exhibition.
About Tania Kovats' tidal bell
For the exhibition at Somerset House, visual artist Tania Kovats worked with the travelling foundry Ore + Ingot to cast a bronze bell at the autumn equinox on Porthcurno beach in Cornwall, close to Land’s End. This tidal bell has made the journey from Cornwall, where the tide splits and starts its journey around the UK, to Somerset House on The Thames, where the tides meet.
About this event: ring the tidal bell to mark high tide
For the duration of the exhibition (4 November - 13 December) Tania is inviting members of the public to volunteer to ring the bell each day at the moment of high tide on The Thames. A free ticket is required to ring the bell, but everyone is welcome to watch the moment being marked during opening hours of this free exhibition (10am-6pm Saturday - Wednesday, 10am-8pm Thursday and Friday). When high tide falls outside of exhibition opening hours, the bell will be rung by Somerset House staff.
The bell will be rung for one minute at the moment of high tide on the River Thames. Full instructions for ringing the bell will be given to you. The time on your ticket is the time the bell will be rung - please arrive ten minutes before your time slot and make yourself known to the gallery staff in the One and All exhibition (River Rooms, Somerset House).